Ko K’e Music and Spoken Word Festival hits the communities

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October 10
7:30 p.m.
  • Hay River
October 12
  • 7:30 pm
    • Fort Simpson
October 15
  • 7:30 pm
    • Fort Smith
October 16
  • 7:30 pm
    • Inuvik
October 18
  • 7:30 pm
    • Norman Wells

Ticket price

  • Adults: 
  • Seniors and youth: 
    by donation

The Ko K’e Spoken Word Festival is a celebration of Northern culture. It also marks 150 years of colonialism in Canada including Indigenous, English and French perspectives. Participants use a variety of storytelling techniques to share the story of the North including music and poetry.

Caroline Cox (performing outside yk) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hVem1prwxE
Caroline Cox is a songwriter, poet and filmmaker based out of a remote homestead on the Liard River. She is also known as Mary Caroline. Her wilderness lifestyle inspired her to create the documentary TV series, Wild Kitchen, which has been screened at the Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas. Attendees at this festival will get to see a little demonstration! 
Leanne Goose (Performing outside yk) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8teLFwUrc6w
Leanne Goose is from the Western Arctic town of Inuvik. Goose’s music is a combination of storytelling set to folk/country-blues and influences of her Inuvialuit and Dene culture. She is an eclectic entertainer, multi-award-nominated singer-songwriter, musician, producer and storyteller.